Lift vs Shoplift - What's the difference?

lift | shoplift |

As nouns the difference between lift and shoplift

is that lift is lift; elevator (mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people) while shoplift is (obsolete) a shoplifter.

As a verb shoplift is

to steal something from a shop / store during trading hours.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) lifte, . More at (l).


  • Air.
  • The sky; the heavens; firmament; atmosphere.
  • Synonyms
    * (gas or vapour breathed) air * atmosphere * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) liften, lyften, from (etyl) . See above.


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive) To raise or rise.
  • The fog eventually lifted , leaving the streets clear.
    You never lift a finger to help me!
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • Their walk had continued not more than ten minutes when they crossed a creek by a wooden bridge and came to a row of mean houses standing flush with the street. At the door of one, an old black woman had stooped to lift a large basket, piled high with laundered clothes.
  • *
  • (slang) To steal.
  • *
  • To remove (a ban, restriction, etc.).
  • To alleviate, to lighten (pressure, tension, stress, etc.)
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 24 , author=David Ornstein , title=Arsenal 3 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=The Gunners boss has been heavily criticised for his side's poor start to the Premier League season but this result helps lift the pressure.}}
  • to cause to move upwards.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 2 , author=Aled Williams , title=Swansea 2 - 0 Stoke , work=BBC Sport Wales citation , page= , passage=Graham secured victory with five minutes left, coolly lifting the ball over Asmir Begovic.}}
  • (informal) To lift weights; to weight-lift.
  • She can lift twice her bodyweight.
  • To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
  • * John Locke
  • strained by lifting at a weight too heavy
  • To elevate or improve in rank, condition, etc.; often with up .
  • * Addison
  • The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.
  • * Bible, 1 Timothy iii. 6
  • being lifted up with pride
  • (obsolete) To bear; to support.
  • (Spenser)
  • To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
  • Derived terms
    * lift-off


    (en noun)
  • An act of lifting or raising.
  • The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
  • He gave me a lift to the bus station.
  • (British, Australia, New Zealand) Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator.
  • Take the lift to the fourth floor.
  • An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
  • (measurement) the difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock.
  • A thief.
  • * 1977 , Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld , Folio Society 2006, page 32:
  • The lift came into the shop dressed like a country gentleman, but was careful not to have a cloak about him, so that the tradesman could see he had no opportunity to conceal any goods about his person.
  • (dance) The lifting of a dance partner into the air.
  • Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.
  • an improvement in mood
  • * November 17 2012 , BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham []
  • The dismissal of a player who left Arsenal for Manchester City before joining Tottenham gave the home players and fans a noticeable lift .
  • The space or distance through which anything is lifted.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • A rise; a degree of elevation.
  • the lift of a lock in canals
  • A lift gate.
  • (nautical) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below, and used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
  • (engineering) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
  • (shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel of a shoe.
  • (horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
  • (Saunier)
    (Webster 1913)
    * (mechanical device) elevator * (act of transporting) ride * (upward force) uplift
    See also
    * escalator


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    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A shoplifter.
  • * 1704 , John Dunton, The Athenian Oracle , Athenian Society, Volume III, page 67,
  • .


    (en verb)
  • To steal something from a shop / store during trading hours.
  • * 2004 May 17, Andrew Sean Greer, The New Yorker ,
  • She taught Maddy to sing in Portuguese, to shoplift mascara, to play a drinking game called Spoons
  • To steal from shops / stores during trading hours.
  • * 1938 April, William Peery, Thank Rotary!'', ''The Rotarian , page 52,
  • Once, before we had juvenile court here, I made the mistake of putting on probation a boy who had shoplifted , a boy of good family. That boy later shot a man.
  • * 1969 October, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Mechanisms for Exploiting the Black Community'', '' , 22,
  • Thus, the teacher shook down the kids, the big kids shook down the little kids, the little kids shoplifted to get money, etc''., ''etc .
  • * 2002 November 25, The New Yorker ,
  • In other words, New York is a better place to shoplift .


    * shop steal (Australia)

    Derived terms

    * shoplifter * shoplifting